Tyler’s review published on Letterboxd:
Unique, beautiful, ugly, and entrancing all at the same time.
There is so much to going on here that it is hard to wrap my head around anything. For Acts 2-5, I was certain that the film was an allegory for assimilation? I thought that the Mothers represented the world super powers, and the dancers were smaller European and African countries that were being lured into assimilation (I can explain more of my reasoning if asked in the comments). Not only does this not align with history, but the 6th act spat in my face and crushed my hopeful theory.
I was so focused on attempting to dissect my allegory theory that I couldn't really focus on real criticisms. I would only say that it might be dense to a fault, but that's probably because Luca made me feel stupid.
This sort of color palette usually bores me to the core, but I don't know; it really works here. The reds pop in contrast to the dull browns and grays, and the use of mirrors is refreshing. The way cinematographer, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, frames each shot is thought-provoking and consistently made my face wrinkle like the drop to a bangin ass trap song.
Tilda (x3), Dakota, and Mia command your attention. I really can't imagine anyone else in their roles, besides Tilda's third role. The way they move, almost rhythmically, is enchanting and I can't really compare it to anything else I've seen. Maybe Liv Ullman's wandering in Persona? These wonderful actresses plus the captivating cinematography keep the two-and-a-half hour runtime fresh and interesting.
A rewatch, probably more than one, is required for me, but uhhhhh yeah it slaps.
P.S. This film will be the subject of my first podcast (titled Respectfully Disagree) episode with my buddies Ryan, Nikolas, and Ben and I can't wait! I've been listening to movie related podcast for years, so I can't wait to have my own. I will post the links when it drops, so keep an eye out!
Edit: Here it is!